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Federal Coalition Government backing young women to try a trade as skills roadshow visits Capricornia

Young women in Capricornia will soon try their hands at a trade as a roadshow aimed at inspiring women and girls into trades careers arrives in our community. The workshop will be held on March 9 at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and March 11 at Mackay Northern Beaches State High School.

The Federal Coalition Government’s National Careers Institute has partnered with not-for-profit organisation Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) to deliver hands-on workshops to highlight career pathways in the construction industry to women. Qualified tradespeople will guide students through making a trades project, teaching the safe use of tools for measuring, cutting and assembling.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said SALT’s work to boost the profile of vocational education and training was vital to skilling up the next generation of Australians.

‘These workshops are supporting more women to train and work in the trades, which will be incredibly important for our skills-led economic recovery,’ Minister Robert said.

‘They also underline the role the vocational education and training sector plays in equipping young people with job-ready skills.

Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry welcomed the trade roadshow and encouraged women across the community to consider taking up a trade.

‘Trades open doors to high-paying careers with diverse prospects, particularly in Queensland, so I’d love to see more local women getting involved,” Ms Landry said.

“Technicians and trade workers are the second most in-demand occupational group in our state today, seeing more than 7,600 job ads in January.’

In Queensland, 28 per cent of apprentices and trainees are women, with nearly 21,000 women currently in training. This is an increase of 51 per cent since 2020 and is still on the rise, as the Government invests a record $7.8 billion in skills this financial year.

Under the $2 billion JobTrainer Fund, more than 35,245 Queensland women have enrolled in free or low-fee training, a number that is expected to grow. Nationally, the proportion of female apprentices and trainees in training is now at 28 per cent, with 94,800 female apprentices and trainees in training – the highest number since 2014.

SALT will be holding nine workshops for Queensland schools this March. The Federal Coalition Government’s National Careers Institute has funded SALT to deliver workshops across the country. 

The National Careers Institute was established to ensure people have access to authoritative and accurate careers information and support irrespective of their age or career stage.

Visit the NCI’s Your Career website to be connected to further education, training or work options to support your career goals.

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